I am a huge fan of yoga and regularly practice at PS108 here in NJ. Since I have gotten pretty addicted to doodling, I thought it would be fun to add a few designs to my yoga mat!
After some experimenting, I figured out that the best solution for the yoga mat was to use fabric markers and paint. The specific brands I used were Stained by Sharpie Brush Tip Fabric Markers, a Sharpie Oil Paint Marker and Michael’s Arts and Crafts brand of fabric paint in spray bottles (this Tulip set will work as well).
But first, let me mention what did not work. The design above was done with regular Sharpie markers. As you can see, the black started to rub off and smear as I used my mat. As permanent as these markers are, they didn’t adhere well enough to my yoga mat.
The fabric markers stayed way better but I also used the precaution of adding the designs to the edges of the mat only. Yoga mats can get pretty beat up during a practice, so to be on the safe side, I recommend keeping your designs to the outside of your mats.
The design above was painted on first with fabric paint. I then loosely outlined the leaves and flowers with a black fabric marker and added highlights with a white oil-based paint marker.
To make it easy to pick up the paint, I sprayed a small amount onto a foam plate and then applied it to the yoga mat with a paint brush.
The colors are more transparent with the fabric paint but I love the softer effect. The combination of the fabric markers and the paint will give you endless ways to add designs!
Namaste and happy doodling!
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